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Yes, Donald Trump Can Give All the Helicopter Rides He Wants

Free rides to kids doesn't count as vote buying.

Over the weekend, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made waves by offering kids rides in his helicopter at the Iowa State Fair, positioning himself as something of a summertime Santa Claus by bringing joy to children through the magic of flight. 

The move perhaps smacked a bit of the classic school election sitcom plot, where the rich kid running for student office uses his resources to wow his classmates. After all, a 20-minute chopper ride over downtown Des Moines is valued at about $200, according to Groupon (but they can get you one for $110). So, does Trump's joyride constitute vote buying? Probably not.